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Bend Brewfest raises $13,000 for charities

Pints have been raised, toasts have been made and the 2014 Bend Brewfest, which was held in August, is all wrapped up. A fundraiser for local charities, this annual event raised more than $13,000 for three non-profit groups based in Central Oregon.

OSU-Cascades Campus

Region asks for $2M to support OSU-Cascades

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Leaders from Central Oregon are seeking $2 million in state funding for projects connected with the expansion of OSU-Cascades.

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City of Bend

Bend fails to meet water treatment deadline

More than 21,000 city of Bend water customers are getting a notice of the city’s failure to meet an Oct. 1 state deadline, set and extended years ago, to treat its water for the parasite cryptosporidium. But the filtration plant is being built, and due online in early 2016.


Oct. 27 deadline for Veterans Day Parade entries

Show off your support for veterans at the 2014 Bend Chamber Veterans Day Parade!


Deer Ridge inmate firefighter crews honored

The Deer Ridge Correctional Institution firefighter crews were recognized for their hard work during the 2014 fire season at a ceremony held on Saturday at the state prison near Madras.


Natural gas line work to affect traffic near Drake Park

Expect a fair amount of congestion Wednesday morning near the south end of Drake Park as Cascade Natural Gas crews pull a long 6-inch gas line along Galveston Avenue under the Galveston Bridge, officials said.

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Barron Prize

Bend teen's 'Straw Free' effort lands big honor

Bend 13-year-old Milo Cress is one of three Oregon teens honored Monday with the 2014 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes -- and it only took frustration over wasteful, disposable straws to land him that honor.


Deschutes County Jail

Homeowner confronts, holds teen theft suspect

A homeowner confronted and detained one of three teens caught stealing from several cars in the La Pine area late Saturday night. Two others who fled the scene were arrested later by Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies, officials said.

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Bend No. 2 'centrist city' - and No. 4 'beer town'

In its latest monthly ranking, a national Website that "explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit" looks at the political spectrum - and finds Bend No. 2 on its list of "centrist" cities. Bend also just was named the No. 4 'beer town' in the country by readers of USA Today and 10Best.

String of burglaries cause alarm

String of Madras burglaries frustrate victims

There's been seven reported burglaries in Madras since September, and many fear the number is growing fast.


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